Sanctions on Russian oligarch donors hit Israel institutions
Billionaire Moshe Kantor has severed his longstanding ties to Tel Aviv University — joining a growing list of Russian Jewish oligarchs who have scaled back their philanthropic activities after coming under international sanctions for their ties to President Vladimir Putin.
Sanctioned Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman says he is 'practically under house arrest' and has to eat at home as his credit cards have been blocked
Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman has been hitting back against sanctions targeting private businesspeople, saying they are unfair and ineffective.news.yahoo.com
Who Are Russia’s Oligarchs and Can They Sway Putin?
Plenty of countries have super-rich business leaders with political influence. Russia took this to a different level. The wealthy, connected men who enabled and profited from the transformation of Russia’s economy and society under President Boris Yeltsin came to be known as oligarchs. (An oligarchy is government by a small group of people.) Though Russian billionaires these days are routinely called oligarchs, their role in society has changed under President Vladimir Putin, complicating effortwashingtonpost.com
Oligarchs drop defamation lawsuit over Trump-Russia dossier
Three Russian oligarchs who said their reputations were smeared by a dossier of opposition research examining Donald Trump's ties to Russia have agreed to dismiss their defamation lawsuit, according to a notice filed in federal court on Friday. Businessmen Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan sued Fusion GPS, a research and intelligence firm, and one of its founders, Glenn Simpson, in 2017.news.yahoo.com
Wisconsin man gets life sentence in killing and dismembering parents
A Wisconsin man who was convicted of killing and dismembering his parents was sentenced Thursday to life without parole, with a judge saying his obligation to protect the public required the stiffest possible sentence.news.yahoo.com
BlackRock is in talks to take over Cofense after US security concerns: Sources
Representatives for BlackRock, Cofense, Friedman and the U.S. Treasury, which chairs CFIUS, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Pamplona took the decision 10 months after acquiring Cofense with BlackRock, and other investors, including Adam Street Partners and Telstra Ventures, in a $400 million deal. BlackRock, which owns a 30% stake in Cofense, is the front-runner to buy Pamplona's stake in a deal that could be reached as early as this week, the sources said. A July 19 deadline agreed with CFIUS to reach a deal for Cofense has already lapsed. Pamplona and BlackRock did not seek CFIUS approval when they completed their deal for Cofense last year, because the review system is voluntary and the firms thought there would be no national security concerns raised, according to the sources.cnbc.com